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dc.contributor.authorSpanbauer, Lorien_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 443en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat does it take to have the faith and humility of the centurion? How do we get there? How do we make the journey from the selfishness and indulgence of the church in Corinth to the humility and faith shown to us in Luke? Because, I'm sure, each of us has been in both places.||The readings today remind me that one way to renew my faith is through being a sacramental person. We see in 1 Corinthians that Paul had to repeat the account of the Lord's supper to the Church there, the sacrament of the Lord's Supper was being distorted. On the other hand, how sacramental the exchange between Jesus and the centurion!|The word "sacrament" is a non-biblical word used to describe something that may be loosely or strictly biblical. It comes from the Latin sacramentum- a military oath of allegiance taken by a soldier, an oath that bound him to his mission, his post, his commander, etc. We tend to know what sacraments are, especially in our church, and what they mean, but if we look again, we can again find some power behind this word. If we look back and around us, we can see all the oaths of allegiance through which God has shown faithfulness to us- in the boat that Noah built, in the rainbow, in the bush that Moses saw burning, in the Wall in Jerusalem, in the change of seasons, and in every new morning. Even in bread and wine and water, and in frail human commitment, both in today's reading from Paul. God is faithful to us even when we don't get it right. God sends us a Paul to get us back on track because we have wandered, and God shows us the faith of a centurion. All of these moments where God once again pledges allegiance to us.|We say there are seven sacraments, and indeed there are in our church. But, maybe there are really countless sacraments- countless oaths of God's allegiance. Where have you experienced them? I pray we see the faithfulness of God in everything God has made. I hope this faithfulness of God spurs us all on to renew our faith and know, too, that we become sacramental to those around us who God loves passionately. Maybe that is what Paul was trying to say. And maybe that is what the centurion already knew.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, September 18, 2000: 24th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSpanbauer, Lorien_US Timeen_US 24en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 7:1-10en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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